The Psychology of Shopping: Shop Floor Marketing

Search the web and there’s endless information about internet marketing and digital media. It seems that business advice for online operations is readily available anywhere you turn. But when it comes to designing a shop floor or a product showroom, there’s not much information to look at it. Many businesses today operate both online and offline so a good understanding of shop floor marketing is just as important as ever.

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Whether you trade from a bricks and mortar premises or have a customer showroom for your retail web business, it’s important to think about shopper psychology. Here are some great psychological takeaways to bear in mind.…

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Thinking of Filing Business Cards Away Forever? Think Twice Before Making This Decision.

Business cards. These two words are constantly debated on social media, news sites and in everyday conversation. Perhaps the biggest question professionals are asking is do business cards still matter? The answer to that question is a resounding YES!

Exchanging business cards

In a world where we are becoming more and more connected with our electronic devices, the personal touch of a business card is tremendously important and can make the difference between a strong first impression and a weak first impression. Here is why a business card is more important then ever in our digital world.

Identity

With the rumor of print’s demise spreading, individuals often question the longevity of business cards as a form of identity.…

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Ways to Improve Your Brand Image with (Relatively) Minimal Effort

Do you really understand the power of a great brand?

  • It allows you to dominate the market
  • It increases the rate of referrals
  • It becomes a major point in the decision making process
  • It creates a strong, opinionated, passionate community
  • It keeps people coming back for more

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With all these great benefits you would have to be mad not to pour your resources into branding.

The issue with building a strong brand isn’t about covering the fundamentals but kicking it up a notch and doing that little bit extra to help you differentiate from competitors who may have equally powerful branding in the marketplace.…

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Taking your Brand on The Road: Making The Most of Trade Shows

Trade shows are one of the best places to advertise your business. When you attend a show, you can show off your brand and products. But, it’s not a risk-free proposition. If you’re not careful, you can also lose more than the cost of the booth.

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Decide What Your Goals Are Before You Go

Before you rush out and set up your booth, decide on what you want out of the trade show. For example, some businesses go to collect leads. Others go to showcase their wares for other businesses, but not to collect sales leads directly. Still others go to network or even sell directly at the show.…

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How to Create a Professional Image for Your Small Business

Small businesses often struggle with their image. After all, you’re trying to captivate customers and earn business while maintaining a very small budget and competing against big businesses with a plethora of resources.

In some cases, small businesses struggle with creating a professional image. They often need to opt for DIY, and if they’re not skilled in that aspect of the business, it can make them appear unprofessional.

Thankfully, your small business no longer has to suffer. Instead, you can create a professional image for your small business by implementing the following tips and tactics.

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Get a website

In today’s digital world, if you’re not found online, you may look unprofessional.…

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Email: The Tool No Successful Marketer Can Be Without

The invention of email has undoubtedly changed the way we interact as a society. It makes for far more efficient and consistent communication. “Today, email remains one of the most effective and widely used marketing channels, and it continues to evolve. According to Direct Line Blog, “Like the telephone, email has undergone radical transformations since its inception.”

Checking emails

According to a recent study by email services company SendGrid, people open emails on iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers more than 36 million times per day. This study collected data on approximately 8 billion emails sent by more than 125,000 companies over two 10-day periods in 2013 and 2014.…

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How to Make Cold Calls with Confidence

Do you hate making cold calls? Is it the fear of the unknown or rejection that gets to you? Maybe it’s just that you feel like you’re interrupting people in the middle of their busy days.

Whatever is at the root of your fear, would you like to find a way to overcome it? If so, here are some tips.

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Reflections on Rejections – Stay Positive

It’s only natural to reflect on rejections, but you don’t have to do so in a negative way. Don’t chide yourself for doing something wrong. Instead, think about what you could have done better. Perhaps you got off to a good start and then lost the customer’s interest somewhere in the conversation.…

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5 Top Tips To Make Your Business Stand Out

Make the effort and step up your game in business. This is what gets you ahead and turns a startup with a good idea into a household brand.

Everyone can push their concept in creative ways and that’s a huge part of grabbing your potential client’s attention. Your billboard ads and website design will all garner clicks and calls.

Interesting cancer centre billboard

But going the extra mile in the five key areas, listed below, will help your business to stand out from your competitors while helping improve your business.

1. Be available at Accessible Locations

You cannot afford to underestimate the power of being accessible to your clients.…

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Startup Success: A Formula for Effective Digital Marketing

As anyone with even a little business experience knows, getting a startup off the ground almost always takes more money than is available. One of the most important talents that startup entrepreneurs bring to the job, then, is an ability to make each dollar go as far as possible.

Digital marketing

Twenty years ago, before the Internet, startups had a hard time managing their marketing on their limited budgets. Television, radio, direct mail, location advertising and other traditional marketing methods were all unaffordable. Many businesses disappeared simply because they didn’t have a way to get their message across. With online digital marketing now, though, everything has changed for startups.…

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How to Maintain your Brand Consistency

Strong brands are founded on consistency. Before buying a product or paying for a service, customers like to feel the company, have confidence in it and recognize it as a provider of certain value. A consistent brand helps to build a sense of community, fostering customer connection and loyalty. A strong brand also helps companies to differentiate themselves from others, serving as a valuable marketing asset to any organization. Here are top tips for creating and maintaining your brand consistency throughout various communication channels.

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Deep analysis

In order to get a firm grasp on where exactly your brand stands as far as its image and public recognition are concerned, it’s best to listen to what people are saying about your brand online.…

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